no amount of zeds is going to roll a shipping container, for a start they don't co-ordinate so they'd be pushing from all sides, second those things are HEAVY. No need to weld up doors either ,shot bolts top and bottom will hold the doors shut, just be sure to remove the outside latches or you could be locked in.
Get an insulated one if you are in the desert or you will be roast human in no time, Yea, I've looked hard at shipping containers I'm seriously thinking about building my next home from 3 or 4 40ft insulated containers, they stack like leggo so 2 high and 2 wide should be plenty big enough. I'd rather spend $ on land and alt energy than swank houses.
Ron, I have some GREAT designs that I have done for energy effcient shipping container homes for off grid living.
Where I live, you can buy 5 acres for $2000-5000 per parcel (meaning a 5 acre tract) We have 10 acres sitting in the middle of 300+ acres of undeveloped "parcels", most of which are in tax sale.
We have a "neighbor" ( about 15 miles away) who is doing shipping containers, but he isn't being very efficient in his design or costs. He has 15 containers at $3000 each and still has to do his infrastructure.
My designs are for 3 or 5 container homes and include water catchement systems, 2nd floor decks, etc. And, for what they sell manufactured homes for (ie double wides), you can easily have a solid, well built container home that is green.
LOL - I am going to buy 5 acres next to us next week for a whopping $125.00 in back taxes (approx 2 years worth of taxes)
In the mean time, I am squatting on the other 300+ acres under adverse possession. I figure if I could pull it off, it would only cost me $6K per year if the judge decided in my favor after 7 years. Not bad, huh?
For single story homes, don't forget the attic! In fact, residents of two story homes should utilize the space as well. Since I live near enough to the golf (hurricane central), all the doors and windows are storm doors and windows. Not to mention that hording re barb, concrete, sandbags, plywood boards, 2x4s and other gear is normal. For a quick solution to the zeds, a two story domicile with boarded doors, boarded downstairs windows, black out curtains on the upstairs windows and a destroyed staircase is economical and (relatively) safe.
Basements are the norm here, or crawl spaces in order to keep the actual house off the frost and dew lines. Where I live in SoCo, it's high desert with little rain or snow, the frost line is only a couple of inches, so typically you wouldn't build with a basement, but you would put in a crawl space.
Guess it just depends on the building materials, the water/frost lines, etc in the areas you live in.
I say just 2x4 the window's and maybe if i can afford it something stronger for the door's and a sledge so i can break the stairs. Maybe make some jagged poles out of brooms if it can be supported enough under window's so if they do break the window's they will fall on to spike's/sharp pole's. I have 2 portable fridge's and some cabnit's upstair's for a study room with no window's and a attic entrance which you can get on to the roof from and a zip line from when I were kid's that i can get to out old treehouse if it come's to that. No i don't live with my parent's. I just inherited there house. Not to creeky floor boards. Only flaw is that we have a floor to celing window in the living area that i dont know how to barricade.